McLeish told Football Insider the 26-year-old has been a “phenomenon” for the Hammers since completing his permanent transfer last summer and has also lauded compatriot Vladimir Coufal.
He said: ”Soucek, he’s been a phenomenon. I’ve said many times, I think there’s a resurgence in Czech Republic football. There’s a cycle of players coming to the fore in terms of their ability. The national team would justify that as well. They’re in the Euros, not least playing Scotland in one of the games. We certainly have seen two cracking pieces of business at West Ham.”
Nobody could hand on heart have predicted the seamless adaptation both Czech stars have made to life in the Premier League and east London.